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The Top 5 Church Growth Principles ... and What They Mean for Your Intergenerational Ministry. Dr. Charles Arn. Principle #1: “ Disciple-making is the #1 priority ”. The natural tendency of a church (and older adult group) is to become increasingly self-centered and self-serving. Therefore…

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The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

The Top 5 Church Growth Principles...and What They Mean for Your Intergenerational Ministry

Dr. Charles Arn


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Principle #1:“Disciple-making is the #1 priority”

  • The natural tendency of a church (and older adult group) is to become increasingly self-centered and self-serving. Therefore…

  • It’s important for leaders to remind all…

  • What was Christ’s purpose?

  • What is our individual purpose?

  • What is our church’s purpose?

  • What is our group’s purpose?


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Special Need1 - 2%

Walk-In4 - 5%

Visitation1 - 2%

Church Program2 - 3%

Mass Evangelism1/2 %

Sunday School3 - 4%

Pastor/Staff1 - 6%

Friend/Relative75 - 90%

How do people come to faith and church membership?

Principle #2:“Social networks are the vehicle”


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

It’s been happening for centuries:

The “household” principle in the N.T.

“oikos”

  • Acts 16: 12 - 15Lydia(... she and the members of her household were baptized...)

  • Acts 16: 23 - 31Philippian jailer(Sirs, what must I do to be saved? They replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household.)

  • Luke 8: 38 - 39Demon-possessed man(Go back to your household, Jesus said, and tell them what a wonderful thing God has done for you.)

  • Luke 19: 5 - 9Zacchaeus(Today salvation has come to this house ...)

  • John 4: 49 - 53Roman Centurion(Your son will live. So he and all his household believed.)

  • Acts 18: 7 - 8Crispus(Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord.)


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Principle #3:“Felt needs are the connecting point”

What are people’s felt needs today?

  • People feel disconnected and isolated, they are looking for a place tobelongand feel part of a family or community.


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Principle #3:“Felt needs are the connecting point”

What are people’s felt needs today?

  • People are feeling the pressure of a busy and stressful world. They are looking for a greater sense of balance and ways to manage priorities.


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Principle #3:“Felt needs are the connecting point”

What are people’s felt needs today?

  • People sense the shallowness of super-ficial encounters with others. They are looking for authentic relationships.


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Principle #3:“Felt needs are the connecting point”

What are people’s felt needs today?

  • People are feeling empty and drained from striving to meet their desires through work, material possessions, or entertainment. They are looking for spiritual answers to their unfulfilled "hunger."


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Principle #3:“Felt needs are the connecting point”

What are people’s felt needs today?

  • People are feeling overwhelmed by the pace of change in every aspect of their world. They are looking for help through transitions.


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

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Principle #4:“Relationships are the glue”

New Friendships After Membership

Drop-Outs

Active Mbrs

Number of new friends in church


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

The typical “convert” made an average of 7 new friends in the church.

The typical “drop-out” made an average of 2new friends in the church.

Principle #4:“Relationships are the glue”

New Friendships After Membership


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

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Principle #4:“Relationships are the glue”

What makes friendships meaningful?

(the more common denominators…the better!)

Age

Marital Status

Family Status

Interest/Recreation

Need

Concern/Problem

Ethnic/Culture

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Receptivity resistance axis

RECEPTIVE

RESISTANT

Principle #5:“Transitions provide the window of opportunity”

Receptivity — Resistance Axis

“Turn your eyes to the fields that are white unto harvest!” (John 4:35)


The top 5 church growth principles and what they mean for your intergenerational ministry

Principle #5:“Transitions provide the window of opportunity”

Life-Transition Events…


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